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Mahoganny cup. - by Buxus 23/03/2017 : 22:41

A woodturning evening : a mahogany cup.

Sealed with shellac and finished with Carnauba wax, all food safe smiley.



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Open Hands carved spoon. - by Buxus 29/12/2016 : 16:40

A carved spoon, original idea found on Pinterest from Julia Harrison,

Serving Spoon, spalted beech, olive oil finish.

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Charles IX Viola - by Buxus 28/09/2016 : 15:58

I am happy and very proud to present my last instrument : a viola, inspired from Andrea Amati, a one century predecessor of Antonio Stradivari.

You can discover in this article of the details of the design and making of this instrument :



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An article on ring making, wood & metal. - by Buxus 26/09/2016 : 18:20

See this new article on making rings out of titanium, and possibly mixing titanium with wood.



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My Viola finished "in the white" - by Buxus 16/05/2016 : 20:15

My viola "Charles IX" has quite progressed, it is finished "in the white", that is to say it is temporarily mounted and playable. Still left is the varnish  (which may last several weeks)

And thanks to my friend Jimo, you can even appreciate its voice :



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Secorated Spoon - by Buxus 05/05/2016 : 19:44

A decorated spoon, to make a present.



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Reamer and Breton bombard - by Buxus 27/03/2016 : 22:54

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Here are a couple of videos concerning a long lead time project of making conical bore wind instruments.

The main difficulty is actually to make the reamer, which must of course be custom made. I started this project a couple of years ago, working at it sparingly, and I ended up by obtaining a reamer that works pretty well.

The first video shows the reaming of a piece of cherry wood on the lathe:  (a leftover of my previous bed project  smile )

At last, thanks to a rainy Easter week-end, I finished a very simple model of B flat Breton bombard, keyless, that allowed me to setup the placement of the the tone holes.

The sound is interresting, it is much more vibrating than compared to an ebony made bombard for instance, because the cherry wood is much lighter. I am pleased with it, and additionaly, it jumps quite easilly to the upper octave (which is not often the case with most of the bombards).

   



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On February 6th of 2016, my scratch stock / beading tool was the "Tool of the Week" winner on  Homemadetools.net.

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I am very proud of it ! eek



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A charging egg for smartphone - by Buxus 27/10/2015 : 13:46

A new version of smartphone charging station, after the charging egg, here is the charging pot !

It is actually a small wood-turned pot, turned out of apple tree wood. It is then cut so that the smartphone can be supported and stand vertical in it.
The micro-usb cable is inlayed in a transversal dowel that goes through the pot from side to side.

This is just a proof of concept, next time I will do it with a dowel from the same wood.

The finish is oiled.

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A charging egg for smartphone - by Buxus 13/09/2015 : 21:35

Here is a wooden egg, for charging the Android (micro USB) smartphones.

It is wood turned out of ash. The cable is sealed in place using hot glue.



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What to do with an orphaned earring ? - by Buxus 13/09/2015 : 19:19

What to do with an orphaned earring ?

Definitively, do not get rid of it, that's a great opportunity for decorating a new object and to make it come back to life !

Even better, you will be looking at it more often than when it was hanging at your ear.

Here is an example of two pens that I have made in order to give life again to two earrings that happened to be lonely.

The very last, I made it for a friend of mine who asked me to do something with her single earring. It is a Bic pen, wood turned out of Indian rosewood.

The small "inkwell" that serves as a stand for it is made of briar burl.

The finish is a home brewed friction polish, shellac based, and the pot is finished with carnauba wax applied on a cellulose based pore filler.

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And here is another pen, older :

 

It is made out of mahogany, teak, ebony, abalone pearl, and an orphaned earring.

Note that in this case, beyond the pure aesthetic aspect, the earring brings a more functional touch, preventing the pen from rolling off the table.

You can see these pens in the galery : "Woodworking/My Woodturnings"/"Pen".

Do not hesitate to contact me if you need any detail on the making of these pens.

Christophe



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A scraping plane - by Buxus 02/09/2015 : 21:46

A new tool : a scraping plane, made from a Stanley No4

Read the article to discover more about that tool.



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CharlesIX Viola, the scroll - by Buxus 20/07/2015 : 08:37

I have re-started the work on the "Charles IX" viola project.

The back, top and sides are finished, I am currently carving the neck and here are a few pics at the end of the carving of the scroll :

I must precise that so far, no sand paper has been used, all cleaning up done with sharp scrapers.



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Flower earings, boxwood and pearl - by Buxus 25/06/2015 : 00:26

Two pairs of earings, designed by my daughter Capucine :

First version, turned then carved out of boxwood and paua pearl.

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And another version with white mother of pearl. French polish finish.

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Here is a couple of pens I made this week end. This time, I made roller-ball pens, using   a standard "Stabilo" brand refill.

As usual, these pens are "kitless", that is to say pens made without using any commercial mechanism.
Mostly, I make mechanical pencils, but this time, I have imagined a mechanism for ink pen, with a retractable tip.

The principle is similar to the one of a rifle breech, you have to push down the piston and then rotate to lock it in place.

A spring lets the tip move back into position.

To change the refill, you have to unscrew the little knob, which releases the piston and lets you take the refill off the pen.

The pen is made out of rosewood, the mechanism of brass, inlaid with local abalone pearl dots. Everything is 100% homemade, even the pearl dots.

For the finish, several layers of pore filler, then several layers of friction polish.
One next time, I should show how I make these pearl dots out of abalone shells, from the see next to my home !

Up to you now !
Would someone be interested, feel free to contact me , I can provide a detailed drawing of the mechanism, for that kind of refill.

Christophe

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Engraving hammer and chisel - by Buxus 09/02/2015 : 09:42

This hammer is very specific, it is designed for metal engraving, for the work with chisels.

I have felt attracted by the Engraving craftsmanship for a while now, but that requires a lot of learning. I start by making my tools.

For those interested in engraving, I recommend the excellent site "Gravures et Couteaux",  from Jean Santos (in French).

The head, made of turned steel, only weighs  80g. The face is slightly rounded and large enough to offer a good hitting surface area for the chisel. 

The tool must allow frequent and light taps, at a good pace. The balance, and the ergonomy, in particular the bottom of the handle, with a pear shape, shifted towards the front are well suited for that work.

And here is a first chisel to work together with the hammer. The tip is HSS, grounded in a lozenge shape.

And now, I only need a lot of practice ...

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Small brass head hammer - by Buxus 09/02/2015 : 09:21

Another hammer, this time with a brass head.

This kind of hammer, small size (the head weighs 125g), is suitable for precise works like setting up a plane, or in luthiery, for knocking off a nut for instance.

The handle is made out of oiled ash, it is 25cm long. The head face is slightly rounded.

  

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A japanese style hammer - by Buxus 09/02/2015 : 00:34

Here is the first of a series of three hammers I have entirely built (head and handle).

This one is a "japanese" hammer, that will be used for instance for pushing the japanese chisels.

The head is turned from XC35 steel. The handle is made with the spokeshave from straight grain ash.

The head weighs 600g, it has a flat face, and the other is slightly rounded. Diameter is 35mm.

Length of the handle : 28 cm.

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Magnetic bracelets - by Buxus 26/12/2014 : 13:10

Here are a couple of bracelets I have done in behalf of  Father Christmas  2014.FB

They are made out of curly maple left over from the viola I am currently making, mahogany for the one and walnut for the other.

These are bracelets that open in two parts,which fit together and are hold thanks to the magic power of the magnets (as often says my friend Franck)

This idea is not from me, I found it on the drunkenwoodworker.com site, thanks to its author.



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Cherry wood lamp - by Buxus 31/10/2014 : 19:37

A new lamp to be seen in the diaporama : "my turnings".

 



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